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The NSL News story on September 20 provided already a lot of background information before the two SSL top teams of the 2006 season, Elsinore Gravity and Perris Fury, finally met each other live on the competition site at Skydive Elsinore.
Elsinore Gravity completed the 18th point (Chinese T of Block 22 on the third page) at 34.05 seconds, according to the NSL stopwatch. Perris Fury had the last grip at 34.34 seconds. Gravity missed the 19th point (Phalanx) at 35.31 seconds, Fury at 35.42 seconds.
Perris Fury still took the 1-point lead due to a point deduction for Elsinore Gravity. The home team received only 17 points on the scoreboard. Event judge Mary Koolhaas apparently did not accept Gravity's completion of Block 13 (Hammer - Hammer) on the third page.
In this case, the point of the cat dropped the grips and initiated the break of the second Hammer, whether the formation was complete or not. The unplanned break of the formation cannot be the reason for a point deduction. It only indicates to the judges and to the audience that there is a situation that might require a closer look.
The completion of Elsinore Gravity's second Hammer was apparently not clean and clear enough for the SSL judge, and it did not count as a scoring formation. Elsinore Gravity's score was reduced from 18 points in working time to 17 points on the scoreboard, and Perris Fury was one point up after round one.
Aquila's 9-pointer was the highest score for round one in Elsinore that weekend. The nationwide highscore of 15 points was posted at the Ranch, where Pulse outscored the whole rest of the field. A total of 28 AA Class teams competed at locations all across the USA on the playoffs weekend.